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Head of department (m,w,d) applied photonics

The ILM is a business-oriented research institution of the Innovation Alliance Baden-Württemberg (innBW). In orders from industry and in funded projects, topics of applied photonics from the fields of medical technology, in-vitro diagnostics, light propagation in scattering media and optical metrology are worked on. To expand our business areas in the field of applied photonics we are looking for a department head. You will be responsible for the strategic development of your department as well as the acquisition, implementation and management of nationally and internationally oriented research contracts in your field. You actively shape your area, build it up and contribute ideas to the development of the institute, also across departments. You particularly enjoy entrepreneurial co-responsibility and strategic design.

Information about the institute can be found on our website: www.ilm-ulm.de.

To be filled at the earliest possible date is a


Head of Department (m,f,d) applied photonics
for experimental as well as theoretical work in the field of applied photonics.

  •     You will lead and develop a team of highly qualified, motivated and experienced scientists. You will be supported by experienced department heads.
  •     Through your cooperative and situational leadership style, you will create the optimal conditions for your team to work effectively and for your customers to receive high-quality services.
  •     You will be responsible for the professional and economic development of the department - you will actively seek and exploit business opportunities and be responsible for the successful delivery of 
        services to existing and new customers.
  •     Together with your team, you will expand your expertise in order to occupy a top position in the international arena.

Your profile:

  •     University degree and doctorate in engineering, physics, mathematics or computer science.
  •     Excellent knowledge in the field of theoretical and experimental optics
  •     Publications in renowned journals
  •     Experience in third-party funding acquisition (public and industrial projects)
  •     Very good English language skills, both written and spoken

We offer:

  •     Versatile and challenging work at the interface of science and industry
  •     Attractive performance-related pay
  •     Wide scope for creativity
  •     Leadership and development of an interdisciplinary team and working with creative and competent colleagues
  •     Possibility of habilitation
  •     No teaching obligations
  •     Permanent position

The ILM also encourages individuals with disabilities to apply.

Sending your complete application materials is requested by email with the subject line "Application Department Head Division IV" as PDF file(s) to bewerbungen@ilm-ulm.de.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Alwin Kienle or Mr. Hack.

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Head of Department (m,f,d) optical metrology

The ILM is a research institution of the Innovation Alliance Baden-Württemberg (innBW) for applied reseach. The ILM works on applied photonics topics in the fields of medical technology, in-vitro diagnostics, light propagation in scattering media and optical metrology. In the course of the succession in the area of optical metrology, we are looking for a Head of Department. You will be responsible for the strategic development of your department as well as the acquisition, implementation and management of national and international research grants and projects. You will actively shape and build up your department and contribute ideas to the development of the institute across departments. You particularly enjoy entrepreneurial responsibility and strategic planning. You can find information about the Institute on our website: www.ilm-ulm.de.

The following position is available as soon as possible

Head of Department (m,f,d) optical metrology

  • You lead and develop a team of highly qualified, motivated and experienced scientists.
  • Through your cooperative and situational leadership style, you create the optimal framework conditions for effective work for your team and high-quality services for your customers.
  • You are responsible for the professional and economic development of the department - you actively seek and exploit entrepreneurial opportunities and are responsible for the successful provision of services to existing and new clients.
  • Together with your team, you expand your professional competence in order to establish an internationally leading position.
  • You make use of the institute's own facilities for the production and evaluation of diffractive and refractive micro-optics and continue to expand them.

Your profile:

  • University degree and PhD in engineering or physics
  • Excellent knowledge in the field of optical metrology (confocal metrology and interferometry), technical optics and micro-optics
  • Publications in renowned journals and well established network in the scientific and industrial field
  • Experience in the acquisition of third-party funding (public and industrial projects)
  • Very good knowledge of German and English, both written and spoken

We offer:

  • Versatile and challenging work at the interface of science and business
  • Attractive performance-related salary
  • Wide scope for creativity
  • Leadership and development of an interdisciplinary team and collaboration with creative and highly competent colleagues
  • Opportunity for habilitation and personal development
  • No teaching obligations
  • Permanent position

The ILM also encourages people with disabilities to apply. Please send your complete application documents as a PDF file(s) by e-mail to bewerbungen@ilm-ulm.de with the subject "Application for Head of Metrology Department". For further information, please contact the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Hack, by email (alexander.hack@ilm-ulm.de) or by phone (0731) 14 29 -111.

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Group leader (m,w,d) for work areas in the environment of the departmental alignment

The ILM is a business-oriented research institution of the Innovation Alliance Baden-Württemberg (innBW). In orders from industry and in funded projects, topics of applied photonics from the fields of health, analytics and technology are worked on. The department "Quantitative Imaging and Sensor Technology" of the ILM deals both theoretically and experimentally with the interaction of light with scattering media. Applications range from medical diagnosis or therapy, process control, for example of food, pharmaceutical products or technical materials, to the investigation of microscopic image formation or computer-aided image synthesis.

For further information please visit our website: https://www.ilm-ulm.de/ueber-uns/organisation/quantitative-bildgebung-und-sensorik.html

For the next possible date a Group leader (m,w,d) for work areas in the environment of the departmental orientation, e.g.

  •     Structured illumination for the investigation of biological and technical media
  •     3D topography of scattering objects
  •     Optical diffuse spectroscopy for medical and technical applications
  •     Photoacoustic imaging of scattering media

To be filled.

Your profile:

  •     University degree and doctorate in engineering or natural sciences.
  •     Excellent knowledge in the field of theoretical and experimental optics
  •     Publications in renowned journals
  •     Experience in third-party funding acquisition (public and industrial projects)
  •     Very good English language skills, both written and spoken

We offer:

  •     Versatile and challenging work at the interface of science and industry
  •     Attractive performance-related pay
  •     Wide scope for creativity
  •     Interdisciplinary and creative work in a team
  •     Possibility of habilitation
  •     No teaching obligations
  •     Permanent position

The ILM also encourages people with disabilities to apply.

Sending your complete application materials is requested by email with the subject line "Application Group Leader Division II" as PDF file(s) to bewerbungen@ilm-ulm.de.

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Alwin Kienle

Head of Materials Optics & Imaging

Tel: +49 (0)731 / 1429 224

Research Assistant (m/f/d) (PhD students/postdocs)

The ILM is a business-oriented research institution of the Innovation Alliance Baden-Württemberg (innBW). In orders from industry and funded projects, topics of applied photonics from the fields of health, analytics and technology are worked on. The department "Quantitative Imaging and Sensor Technology" of the ILM deals both theoretically and experimentally with the interaction of light with scattering media on the nano-, micro-, meso- and macroscopic scale. Applications range from medical diagnosis or therapy, process control for example of food, pharmaceutical products or technical materials to the investigation of microscopic image formation or computer-aided image synthesis.

For more information, please visit our website: https://www.ilm-ulm.de/ueber-uns/organisation/quantitative-bildgebung-und-sensorik.html

For the next possible date a position for a*n

Research Assistant (m/f/d) (PhD students/postdocs)

for the task area

Determination of optical properties of scattering media for the realization of digital optical twins

to be filled. The position offers excellent prospects for a doctorate or habilitation and a further career at the ILM.

Your role:

  • Collaboration in an interdisciplinary team within a publicly funded project.
  • (Further) development and application of goniometric (angle-resolved) measurement methods for the determination of the optical properties of scattering media
  • Further development of numerical methods for the solution of the radiative transfer equation (Monte Carlo method) for the evaluation of goniometric measurements
  • Implementation of a software library of the evaluation algorithms for use in the software of the project partner
  • Production of optical phantoms


Your profile:

  • successfully completed university studies in engineering, computer or natural sciences
  • experimental skills
  • programming skills (Python/MATLAB, C++)
  • independent work, a high degree of initiative and reliability as well as organizational skills
  • a structured way of working
  • a good command of written and spoken German and English

We offer:

  • versatile and challenging work at the interface of science and economy
  • great creative freedom
  • interdisciplinary and creative work in a team
  • Possibility to do a doctorate or habilitation
  • performance-related remuneration according to TV-L

The ILM also encourages people with disabilities to apply.

We kindly ask you to send us your complete application documents by e-mail with the subject "Application for PhD/Postdoc" as PDF file(s) to bewerbungen@ilm-ulm.de.

For further information, please contact Dr. Florian Foschum by e-mail (florian.foschum@ilm-ulm.de) or by phone (0731) 14 29 779.

Contact person

Dr. Florian Foschum

Group Leader Calibration-Free Sensors

Tel: +49 (0)731 / 1429 779

Physicist/ Engineer/ Research Assistant (m/f/d) (PhD students)

The ILM is a business-oriented research institution of the Innovation Alliance Baden-Württemberg (innBW). In orders from industry and funded projects, topics of applied photonics from the fields of health, analytics and technology are worked on. The department "Quantitative Imaging and Sensor Technology" of the ILM deals both theoretically and experimentally with the interaction of light with scattering media on the nano-, micro-, meso- and macroscopic scale. Applications range from medical diagnosis or therapy, process control for example of food, pharmaceutical products or technical materials to the investigation of microscopic image formation or computer-aided image synthesis.
For further information please visit our website: https://www.ilm-ulm.de/ueber-uns/organisation/quantitative-bildgebung-und-sensorik.html

Several positions are available to fill as soon as possible.

Areas of responsibility:

  •     Physics-based rendering in the field of autonomous driving
  •     Monte Carlo simulations for the solution of the radiative transfer equation
  •     Numerical methods for the solution of Maxwell's equations
  •     Structured illumination for the investigation of biological and technical media
  •     Non-invasive optical determination of vital parameters

to be filled. The positions are initially limited to 3 years (with the possibility of deferral).

Your profile:

  •     completed university studies in engineering, computer or natural sciences
  •     Sound programming skills (Python/MATLAB, C++)
  •     Ability to work independently, a high degree of initiative and reliability as well as organizational skills
  •     Good knowledge of German and English

We offer:

  •     Versatile and challenging work at the interface of science and business
  •     Attractive performance-related pay (pay group 13 TV-L, 75 % -100 % of the collectively agreed working hours)
  •     Interdisciplinary and creative work in a team
  •     No teaching obligations
  •     Option for permanent position

The ILM also encourages people with disabilities to apply.

Please send your complete application documents by e-mail with the subject "Application PhD student" as PDF file(s) to bewerbungen@ilm-ulm.de.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Alwin Kienle by e-mail (alwin.kienle@ilm-ulm.de) or by phone (0731) 142 9224.

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Alwin Kienle

Head of Materials Optics & Imaging

Tel: +49 (0)731 / 1429 224